Kari Nergaard Bleivik is a vocalist, composer, lyricist and lecturer, born in Trondheim, Norway. She has a BA and MMus in Jazz from Leeds College of Music and a PGCertPAE from Royal Northern College of Music.
Kari is a founding member of Leeds Improvised Music Association and has performed with a range of projects like LIMA Orchestra, Sonic Stories, Røyst, Sharkestra, Tommy Evans Orchestra and Vehere. Kari has toured in many countries and performed at major festivals such as Moldejazz, Nattjazz, Vossa Jazz, FUSE Leeds, Harare International Festival of Arts and Melbourne International Womens Jazz Festival.
She has released 3 albums with different bands, her latest record deal being with major Australian jazz label NewMarket Music. She has also written comission music for several festivals and delivered vocal workshops at institutions such as Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, The Nordic Institute for Stage and Studio (NISS) in Oslo and Harare Jazz Festival.